Reciting Soorah al-Faatihah during the supplication

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6344, Pages 179-180, Volume 12

Question: Is it permissible to recite soorah al-Faatihah whilst supplicating, or at the end of the supplication? And is that [considered to be] an innovation?

Response: Certainly the recitation of [soorah] al-Faatihah during the supplication or at the end of the supplication is an innovation, because there is nothing reported from the Prophet ﷺ that he would begin his supplication with [soorah] al-Faatihah, or [even] finish his supplication with [soorah] al-Faatihah.

[As a rule, we must be aware that] introducing any act of worship which the Prophet ﷺ did not do is an innovation.

Yes, it has been [authentically] reported from the Prophet ﷺ that [soorah] al-Faatihah is to be recited over the sick person, as a means of seeking a cure; this is something which is a reality and practiced [by many]. Certainly, [there is no doubt] the recitation of [soorah] al-Faatihah upon the sick person is from the most beneficial treatments aiding healing.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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